Ready, Set, Break: Combat Training Injuries in Australian Army Personnel

Rob Marc Orr, Rodney R Pope

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Aim: The aim of this research was to investigate combat training-related injuries in Australian Army personnel.
Design: Retrospective cohort study.
Methods: Injury records covering a 2-year period were extracted from a military injury reporting database. Inclusion criteria were: a) records related to personnel serving in either the Army Reserve (ARES) or Australian Regular Army (ARA) who suffered a musculoskeletal injury (minor, serious or fatal) in the period of interest; and b) the identified injury cause met specific inclusion criteria related to combat training (e.g. battle PT, obstacle course, etc). Reported injury incidence rates were calculated for ARES and ARA and compared, and injury details were descriptively analysed. The Australian Defence (LERP 14-024) and Bond University (RO1927) Human Research Ethics Committees approved the study.
Results: In total, 4004 injury records met the inclusion criteria. The overall incidence rate for reported injuries was 6.3 injuries/100 person-years of service (full-time soldier rate = 5.6 inj/100 person-years of service: reserve soldier = 15.1 injuries/100 person-years of service). The leading combat training-related activities to cause injuries were ‘Combat Training’ (44.06%), ‘Physical Training’ (17.68%) and ‘Marching’ (15.61%). The ‘knee’ was the leading site of injury (14.43%), followed by the ‘ankle’ (11.14%) and ‘lower back’ (10.09%). The leading nature of injury was ‘Soft tissue injuries due to trauma or unknown mechanisms’ (46.70%) followed by ‘trauma to muscles’ (6.67%) and ‘heat stress/heat stroke’ (4.90%).
Conclusion / Key Practice Points: Combat specific training must be an integral part of any soldier’s return-to-work reconditioning program, especially for reserve personnel.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017
EventAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017 - Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017


ConferenceAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017
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